A Senior Twitter Exec Has Been Moonlighting in the British Army’s Information Warfare Unit

" A senior Twitter executive has been quietly working part-time for the British Army’s psychological warfare unit known for conducting disinformation campaigns on, yes, Twitter.

The bombshell revelation was right there on his LinkedIn page.

Gordon MacMillan, a former journalist who oversees editorial operations for Twitter in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, openly admitted on his LinkedIn page that he is “a reserve officer in the British Army serving in 77th Brigade, which specialized in nonlethal engagement.” MacMillan further describes the brigade as the army’s psychological and social media unit. He’s been with the unit since at least 2016.

But all references to the 77th Brigade and the British Army were deleted from his profile on Monday morning.

“Disinformation campaigns from nation-states destroy the integrity of social media sites like Twitter,” Mustafa al Bassam, a security researcher, told VICE News. “If Twitter is only tackling disinfo campaigns of enemies of the U.K. and U.S. governments, but not the U.K. and U.S. governments themselves, then their work basically serves as a tool to these governments, rather than actually improving Twitter for everyone.”"

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